Chanel Takes Over The Tokyo Big Sight With Its Metiers D’Art Collection

Emma Hodgson   |   02-06-2023

This week, Chanel arrived in Tokyo to present its 2022/23 Métiers d’art collection.

First unveiled in December, in Dakar, Senegal, the annual show pays tribute to the workshops which provide the luxury maison with leather, embroidery work, silks, and more. 

The current collection is inspired by the energy of the 1970s, however the house put a unique twist on the show for its latest unveiling in the Japanese capital, at a one off show at the Tokyo Big Sight.

While the original show celebrated creative fields in Senegal close to Chanel – namely fashion, cinema, dance, literature, contemporary art and music. 

The second show continued that conversation through working with local creatives in Tokyo for the presentation. Dancers from Tokyo’s Tama University of Fine Arts opened the night, performing a new interpretation of “Slow Show” by choreographer Dimitri Chamblas. Following that, Japanese guitarist Ichika Nito performed his track ‘The World is still Beautiful’ alongside Senegalese rapper Nix, before playing Ryūichi Sakamoto’s legendary ‘Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence’, accompanied by violin and piano. 

Musical performances continued with performances from the Japanese stars Chai, Nix and Ichika Nito. 

Jetting in from South Korea, singer and Chanel ambassador Jennie, a member of the group BLACKPINK, was a surprise guest at the show and she took to the stage to sing a new version of “You & Me” and a medley of “Fly me to the Moon” and “Killing me Softly”. 

Finally, a DJ set by Japanese artist Peli and a concert by French electronic music duo Polo & Pan concluded the evening’s festivities.